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Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA), 98-08-11

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From: The Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA) Home Page at <http://www.telpress.it/ata>

Albanian Telegraphic Agency

CONTENTS

  • [01] Slovenia backs any solution to stop bloodshed in Kosova
  • [02] NATO discusses problems of Kosova refugees with Albanians
  • [03] US embassy in Tirana under tight security
  • [04] Delegation of EU troika arrives in Tirana
  • [05] Cooperative Assembly military exercises to start soon
  • [06] KESH says Tirana, Durres to have sufficient energy for winter
  • [07] Flow of humanitarin aid increased
  • [08] Emigrants return to Albania from Greece due to unemployment
  • [09] Albania, Slovenia share view on peaceful solution to conflict
  • [10] Archive of financial police engulfed in flames
  • [11] Police destroy 5.000 roots of narcotic herbs in Fier, Vlora
  • [12] Albanian singers to take part in Zecchino D'Oro song contest
  • [13] Ministry of Culture accuses Alba-Film Distribution of theft, embezzlement
  • [14] Tense situation prevails in Dešan area
  • [15] Yugoslav warplanes fly over Prishtina
  • [16] Bodies of five killed Albanians sent to morgue
  • [17] Two Albanians arrested while transporting weapons
  • [18] Joint Greek-Albanian patrolling in Ionian sea starts
  • [19] International monitorin mission reaches Decan
  • [20] Two killed and six wounded in Petrove of Shtime
  • [21] President Meidani and some government cabinet members to visit town Gramsh

  • [01] Slovenia backs any solution to stop bloodshed in Kosova

    TIRANA, Aug 10 (ATA) - By Irena Luto: Slovenian Secretary of State Frank Juri met on Monday with Rexhep Meidani, the Albanian president to express his support for every solution that would stop bloodshed in Kosova and his country's full support for the policy followed by Albania in the international relations.

    Press and information office at the presidency quoted Juri as saying that his visit is of humanitarian character to express the solidarity of his country with the grave situation in Kosova and the Albanian people who are massively displaced from their land.

    President Meidani said that Albania until now has supported the stand of the international community hoping for an energetic intervention against the Serb military machine but precipitation of Kosova events, massive massacres and incalculable material damages are very discouraging.

    "To close the eyes in front of Kosova it means to allow the Serb military machine to exert inhuman genocide against civil and defenceless population," Meidani said.

    Present at the meeting was Albanian State Secretary Ilir Meta. ypa/pas/ak/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [02] NATO discusses problems of Kosova refugees with Albanians

    TIRANA, Aug 10 (ATA) - By E. Koraqi: An NATO delegation discussed on Monday with Albanian specialists of the Defence Ministry cases of humanitarian emergency arising among Albanians coming from Kosova, Behar Metohu, at the ministry's Public Relations Directorate said to ATA.

    Great number of problems appearing before the coming winter, urges not only clearness but also a great engagement, NATO experts said expressing their engagement in sensitizing and drawing up special aid programmes.

    Present at the meeting held in the NATO office at the premises of the Albanian Defence Ministry were officials of Civil Defence of the Republic, Council of Ministers, Defence Ministry, Ministry of Local Government, international organisations such as Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), U.N. commission and others.

    In the special meeting for the NATO guests, deputy defence minister Ilir Boška, dwelt at length on the special role played by the Civil Defence of the Republic which, according to him, urges a new concept, a legal base and creation of a wider structure to carry out many tasks. This can be achieved through an assistance by NATO, Boška said.

    NATO official Stephen Oross expressed more advanced views on that offering closer cooperation in the framework of the Partnership for Peace program. ypa/pas/ak/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [03] US embassy in Tirana under tight security

    TIRANA, Aug 10 (ATA) - By Th. Thanasi: After car bomb explosions in Kenya and Tanzania the Tirana police forces have imposed tight security measures around the U.S. Embassy in Tirana since Saturday.

    According to a special plan drawn up by the Ministry of Public Order, certain forces of Tirana police and ministry continue to control the whole area around the embassy in Tirana, a spokesman of the Public Order Ministry said to ATA on Monday.

    These measures will last until they are considered necessary, the spokesman said.

    The special plan of the Ministry is operating despite measures taken by the embassy itself.

    Among possible tracks of car bomb explosion in Kenya and Tanzania is the counter action of the Jihad Islamic organisation for the extradition of four Egyptian terrorists from Tirana and three others from a country of the East Europe. ypa/das/ak/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [04] Delegation of EU troika arrives in Tirana

    TIRANA, Aug 11 (ATA) - By I. Luto: A Troika of the European Union will arrive on Tuesday midday for a two-day visit in the framework of the efforts of the international community for the solution of the Kosova crisis.

    Press and information office at the Albanian Foreign Ministry said that the agenda of the delegation includes a coordinating meeting in Rogner hotel in the midday. Later in the day the E.U. senior diplomats were expected to meet with Albanian deputy prime minister Kastriot Islami.

    The E.U. troika delegation will visit the city of Bajram Curri on Wednesday and hold talks with deputy minister at the Defence Ministry Ilir Boška and E.U. member states ambassadors in Tirana. ypa/pas/ak/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [05] Cooperative Assembly military exercises to start soon

    TIRANA, Aug 10 (ATA) - By E. Koraqi: Cooperative Assembly military exercises will be held from August 17 to 22 in Central Albania in the framework of Partnership for Peace.

    The exercises will be based in weapons of tactical training in team and platoon, the spokesman of the Defence Ministry Albert Mullai said to ATA.

    It includes air support in medical and humanitarian aid, engineering operations to help repair infrastructure of local communities and others.

    Asked about the organisation way, Mullai said that from nine states planned to take part in the exercises, the NATO press office confirmed the participation of 14 states.

    The forces will be positioned in the Bize-Kruje-Rinas-Durres area. Infantry forces will be installed in Bize, engineering forces in Kruja, air forces in Rinas and navy in Durres. ypa/pas/ak/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [06] KESH says Tirana, Durres to have sufficient energy for winter

    TIRANA, Aug 10 (ATA) - A cooperation agreement signed in Tirana between Albanian power generation and distribution firm (KESH) and the Italian ENEL on technical assistance in the energy sector will enable guaranteed supply with energy for consumers of Tirana and Durres cities and improve KESH technical and financial figures reducing faults in electrical system, KESH sources said.

    The agreement worth 50 billion lire is part of a three-year agreement worth 210 billion lire signed by both Albanian and Italian governments.

    KESH sources said to ATA that a fund worth 50 billion lire is allocated for material equipment and works in Albania energy system. agj/pas/ak/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [07] Flow of humanitarin aid increased

    TIRANA, Aug 10 (ATA) - By M. Pupa: On June 1998, humanitarian aid on goods has reached about 751,9 millions leks, or about 32,9 percent more than the previous month.

    The exports of goods has reached the value of 2676.1 millions of leks, signing a decrease of 5.4 percent compared with the previous year, according to INSTAT.

    Trade import of goods on June 1998 has reached the value of 9661.9 million of leks or about 11.0 percent lower than on May.

    Trade deficit this month has reached the value of 6985.7 million leks and the percentage of the coverage of trade imports from exports was only 27.7 percent.

    The data provided by INSTAT are based on the exchange rate on June which recorded 14.3 percent lower than the same month of the previous year, while in comparison with the previous month it was only 1.9 percent lower.

    According to INSTAT, in real terms, it can be considered that on June 1998 has signed a decrease about 3.6 percent in comparison with the previous month and export about 3.6 percent. /ak/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [08] Emigrants return to Albania from Greece due to unemployment

    KAKAVIJA, Aug 10 (ATA) - By H. Cani: Influx of Albanian emigrants from Greece is increased recently in border crossing of Kakavija due to unemployment there, Albanian local police officials said to ATA on Wednesday.

    Border police commander of Kakavija, southeastern Albania Abedin Hitaj said that in the last three days over 2.000 Albanian emigrants have been returned from Athens.

    The reasons for their return are different but the key one is the interruption of work by Greek owners and companies due to high temperature, he said.

    No one of them has been turned back by police what has been confirmed by the emigrants themselves.

    A group of emigrants said to ATA that the Greek police have been very correct recently and the ill-willing wave against Albanians is an old history. ake/ak/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [09] Albania, Slovenia share view on peaceful solution to conflict

    TIRANA, Aug 10 (ATA) - The Kosova issue was on the focus of Monday's negotiations between the deputy prime minister Kastriot Islami and Secretary of State at the Slovenian Foreign Ministry Frank Juri.

    Deputy prime minister Islami said to number two of the Slovenian diplomacy that the latest offensive of the Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic reduces the options for a peaceful solution to the Kosova issue.

    Juri shared the same view saying that the strategy of Milosevic is a criminal one and the Kosova problem is only the top of the iceberg. Juri backed a peaceful solution to Kosova, without change of international borders adding that a spill over of the conflict would engulf other border states.

    Islami and Juri discussed the issue of refugees in the northeastern border of Albania and measures undertaken by the Albanian government as well as difficulties they will face with the approach of winter.

    Briefing the guest on the work of the Albanian government, Islami said that the process of constitution is over, a constitution which has been praised by the Venice commission, and it is expected to be approved during September and October by parliament. He also said them that an action plan in fight against corruption will be approved by the Council of Ministers within the week. ake/pas/ak/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [10] Archive of financial police engulfed in flames

    GJIROKASTER, Aug 10 (ATA) - By H. Cani: The archive of financial police was engulfed in the early hours of Monday in flames caused by a spark in electric current, local police sources said.

    Experts said to ATA that this was a fire caused merely by electric flash.

    The fire which broke out at 02.00. a.m. risked to be spread in the tax office but the immediate intervention of firefighters put it out. It is reported that the fire caused relative damages except the archives of '91- '93 which were badly damaged. ake/pas/ak/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [11] Police destroy 5.000 roots of narcotic herbs in Fier, Vlora

    TIRANA, Aug 11 (ATA) - By Th. Thanasi: Anti-drug police forces in Fier and Vlora in cooperation with rapid intervention forces, destroyed 5.000 roots of narcotic herbs in some local villages.

    A spokesman of the Public Order Ministry said to ATA on Tuesday that the police forces started the operation on Monday in the village of Peshtan- Bregas, Fier district, southwestern Albania and destroyed 3.000 roots of Canabis sativa planted in the gardens of two nationals.

    Other 2.000 roots of narcotic herbs planted in lands of 12 persons in Riseli and Vezonene villages of Llakatund, Vlora district, were found out and destroyed by anti drug forces, the spokesman said. s.sh/pas/ak/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [12] Albanian singers to take part in Zecchino D'Oro song contest

    TIRANA, Aug 10 (ATA) - By Eno Popi: Two Albanian children will participate in the annual international children festival "Zecchino D'Oro", an activity organised for 40 years in succession in Italy.

    Children who will fly to the Apennine country are from Tirana. They are Saimir Gjordeni, 8, and Mira Mata, 9, and will sing a song based on the poetry of La Fonteni composed by piano student in the Academy of Fine Art Leonard Thanati who is the initiator.

    This is the second time Albania participates in the international children Festival "Zecchino D'Oro". In 1993 Albania was represented by a singer from the Shkodra city. f.n/pas/ak/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [13] Ministry of Culture accuses Alba-Film Distribution of theft, embezzlement

    TIRANA, Aug 10 (ATA) - By K.Shehu: Chief of the cabinet at the Ministry of Culture Blendi Gonxhe accused on Monday Genc Ruzhdi, director of the Alba- Film Distribution, the biggest administration of the Albanian film, of embezzlement.

    "He has sold and distributed films, has formulated and signed selling contracts," Gonxhe said in a press communique.

    He said that since this institution became self-financed, after being separated by the Alba Film Studio in 1991, "hundreds of artistic films, documentary and animated cartoons were sold to private television channels to ridiculous prices, truckloads of films were destined to be sold to low prices, a number of thefts had taken place, and video tapes and films in foreign language sub-titles, as well as electronic equipment were missing, and others.

    Gonxhe urged the dismissal of Ruzhdiu in a meeting on Monday with the board of the Alba Film Studio, National Cinematographic Center and directorate of Arts at the ministry. pas/ak/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [14] Tense situation prevails in Dešan area

    PRISHTINE, Aug 11 - ATA correspondent Behlul Jashari reported that new and dangerous developments continued in the Dešan area and the border line region with new reinforcements of the Yugoslav army, Serb police and paramilitary sent in.

    A convoy with over 110 tanks and other heavy equipment was moved in early in the morning from Peja to Dešan (Western Kosova, near the Albanian border).

    Sources on the ground said that the Gramašel village came under shelling at 8.00. while dozens and thousands Albanian civilians mostly women, children and elderly people who fled attacked areas, were gathered in Izniq and surrounding villages.

    Sources of the Kosova Information Center said that they are under siege from the Serb forces and cannot escape in any direction. pta/ak/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [15] Yugoslav warplanes fly over Prishtina

    PRISHTINA, Aug 11 - ATA correspondent Behlul Jashari reported that Yugoslav warplanes flew over Prishtina in low altitude and Serb forces marched through the streets in readiness.

    The warplanes continued flights early in the morning on Tuesday even in other parts of Kosova and a Serb convoy with dozens of transport carriers and tanks roared past Prishtina on 8.30. a.m. /pta/ak/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [16] Bodies of five killed Albanians sent to morgue

    PRISHTINE, August 11 (ata) - ATA correspondent Behlul Jashari reports: The bodies of five Albanians killed by Serb forces were sent late last night in the morgue of the hospital of Gjakove, LDK sources report.

    According to these sources, in the outskirts of Gjakove where fighting is going on, there were ambulances and helicopters moving frequently carrying the killed and the wounded among the Serb forces. /p.ta/xh/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [17] Two Albanians arrested while transporting weapons

    TIRANE, August 11 (ata) - By Th Thanasi: Two Albanians were arrested on Monday in the district of Has (northeast of Albania) while they were transporting weapons on a vehicle.

    The spokesman of the Ministry of Public Order told ATA on Tuesday that police arrested near the town of Krume Rexhep Shaku, 39, resident in Kukes and Hajredin Ukdiaj, 31, living in Has, because they were transporting ammunition.

    In the vehicle with Durres number plate, in which the two arrested were driving, police blocked a light machine-gun, 5 machine-gun beds, a grenade launcher, 1 mortar 60mm, two boxes with mortal shells and a great number of bullets. /s.sh/xh/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [18] Joint Greek-Albanian patrolling in Ionian sea starts

    SARANDE, August 11 (ata) - By Sh Hajno: The ceremony for the inauguration of the joint patrolling in the Ionian sea by police forces of Greece and Albania was held on Tuesday in the Corfu Island.

    Besides senior local authorities, also present in the ceremony were the Greek Minister of Land and Sea Border, Sumaqis, Albanian Minister of Public Order, Perikli Teta and senior officials by the Greek Ministry of Order and that of Finance.

    With regard to this cooperation, Minister Teta told ATA that "it was the inauguration of the joint nuclei which will function for a 6-month period to be further extended."

    Speaking of the geographic extension of the joint police patrolling, Teta said that "it covers all Albanian part of the Ionian Sea from the Cape of Stillo to the Cape of Gjuheza.

    "Now we guarantee also this part of the sea border up to Sazan Island and I think that this cooperation will be fruitful," said Teta. According to him, such a nuclei will also be established in the Sazan Island, thus enabling the patrolling of the whole territory.

    According to official sources of the Public Order Ministry, the respective protocol of cooperation for the sea border between Albania and Greece was signed before and now it was also adopted by the parliaments of the two countries.

    Beginning with August 11, the Greek naval means start joint patrolling with Greek and Albanian police staff. It is the first time in the history of the relations of the two countries that cooperation is also applied in this field. /a.ke/das/xh/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [19] International monitorin mission reaches Decan

    PRISHTINE, August 11 (ata) - ATA correspondent Behlul Jashari reports: A mission of international monitors for the developments in Kosove arrived today in the commune of Decan where Serb forces have embarked on one of the fiercest offensives since the beginning of the war in Kosove.

    Sources in the field say that the mission was welcomed by KLA members, it has observed some of the fighting places and the great influx of the displaced civil population and war refugees who are in a very grave and dangerous situation. /fh/das/xh/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [20] Two killed and six wounded in Petrove of Shtime

    PRISHTINE, August 11 (ata) - ATA correspondent Behlul Jashari reports referring to KIC that two Albanians were killed and six others were wounded during yesterday's shelling of Petrove of Shtime yesterday.

    Chairman of the LDK branch in Shtime reports that Avni Hysenaj, 15, and Merjeme Hysenaj, 2, from this village were killed, while Nexhmije Hysenaj, 45, the mother of the two killed, Shendrit Hysenaj, 3, from Petrova, Bujar Behlul Boqaj, 15, from Carraleva, Fatmir Duga, 15 from Shtimja were wounded while they had found shelter in that village, along with Halil Luma from Kraishta and Abedin Beqaj, 13, from Shtimja.

    It is reported that also today, the villages of Gryka e Carraleva were shelled. /fh/das/xh/

    Albanian Telegraphic Agency

    [21] President Meidani and some government cabinet members to visit town Gramsh

    TIRANE, August 11 (ata) - Enkelejda Koraqi: Albania's President Rexhep Meidani together with some cabinet members will visit the town of Gramsh on August 12.

    The one-day working visit of the senior officials to Gramsh will be made to see and get informed of the affairs going on in that town and to establish contacts between the central government and local government, spokesman of the President, Sotiaq Hroni told ATA.

    The visit of President Meidani, Defence Minister Luan Hajdaraga, Minister of Transports Gaqo Apostoli and the Minister of Social Labour and Woman, Anastas Angjeli will be realised immediately after the drafting of a pilot project for the disarmament of the population prepared by the U.N Disarmament Office.

    The project will be applied first in the town of Gramsh through UNDP. The intensive propaganda campaign, the voluntary handing in of the weapons are some of the main elements which will enable the disarmament of the population in the town of Gramsh. /y.pa/das/xh/


    From the Albanian Telegraphic Agency (ATA) Home Page at http://www.telpress.it/ata


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